News and events


News • 4 Sep 2020

New green hydrogen made from solar power and air

In a remarkable first, a system that combines solar energy with water harvested from air has been used to manufacture low cost green hydrogen – a zero-emissions fuel.

News • 21 Oct 2019

Prioritising our planet

The University of Newcastle has officially launched its Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025.

IFS staff collect award

News • 1 Oct 2019

Renewables switch wins Clever Campus award

Our University has been awarded the prestigious Innovation Award by the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association at its annual Clever Campus Awards ceremony. The TEFMA Clever Campus Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of its members in the university sector.

(L-R) Lucy Wicks MP, Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Professor Deborah Hodgson, Professor Alan Broadfoot, and Professor Brett Ninness

News • 1 Oct 2019

A new dawn for Australian minerals

A new $35 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence based at the University of Newcastle will make mineral processing more environmentally sustainable and do much to secure the future availability of the metals we depend on for modern living.

News • 26 Sep 2019

Unlocking answers to the energy supply system of the future

An initiative has launched aimed at providing ways Australia can successfully integrate new energy technologies into the power grid.

100% renewable in 2020 carbon neutral by 2025

News • 17 Sep 2019

Standing for climate action

A message from the Vice-ChancellorOn Friday 20 September, Newcastle will be one of many cities to stage a Climate Strike and large numbers are expected to attend. The grassroots movement of young people across the globe demanding immediate climate action is both sobering and inspiring.

Solar panels on buildings

News • 15 Dec 2018

First Australian university to sign 100% renewable electricity contract with Red Energy

In a sector-leading move, the University of Newcastle has signed a seven-year contract with Red Energy to buy 100% renewable electricity across its Newcastle and Central Coast campuses.

Professor Paul Dastoor with solar field

News • 29 Aug 2018

Electric partnership powers energy innovation

With Australia’s energy crisis dominating news headlines, a powerful new industry-research collaboration is signaling the emergence of a new renewable energy market – organic printed solar.

News • 6 May 2015

Champions4Change take Blackout Challenge

Champions4Change is a sustainable behaviour change program to help meet targets of the Environmental Sustainability Plan 2015 – 2017, and develop new or innovative ways to support environmental sustainability.


NFH Water Security

Event • 15 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 16 Oct 2021 until 8:00pm

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.